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Residents’ concern over Abbey stadium development
A MOVE to change the plans for the development of the Abbey Statium has met widespread opposition.
Permission was given earlier this year to rebuild the stadium near Blunsdon, home of the Swindon Robins speedway team, and build 450 homes, commercial space and a care home.
However the developers, Landvest Houses and Gaming International, asked if the business space could be replaced with a further 66 houses due to the economic downturn.
They say demand for business space has fallen to such an extent that they do not believe they could fill the space.
However, there has been a host of opposition to the proposals from local residents, as well as Wiltshire Police.
The main source of contention is the increase in traffic flow, parking issues during race meetings at the stadium and the lack of provision for public services.
Lisa Rogers, who lives near the stadium, has written to the council to express her concern at the alterations.
She said: “I do not believe due consideration has been given to the extra traffic flow this will cause.
“There is already congestion at peak times along Lady Lane to the A419 junction and the addition of more vehicles will only increase the use of Salzgitter Drive as a rat run for those vehicles trying to avoid congestion at Lady Lane and Oakhurst Way.”
Lisa also has concerns about the shortage of school places in north Swindon and fears parents will have to send their children further afield, causing problems elsewhere.
One of the main advantages of the new proposal was that it would give more control over parking at race meetings to the stadium owners.
There would be parking in the centre of the venue as well as on a specially built track.
Wiltshire Police have said that parking is a big issue with the proposal and may lead to problems between residents.
In a letter to the council, Bob Walton, the crime prevention design adviser for Wiltshire Police, said: “The high density of the housing has led to what I consider to be poor parking space allocation for vehicles.
“I am concerned that this will lead to both increasing numbers of thefts from motor vehicles (already one of the borough’s main crime problems) and potentially also to neighbour disputes over car parking issues.”
He also says there has been no communication between developers and the police to discuss measures on making sure crime and the fear of crime is kept to a minimum.
The change to the proposal is currently under consideration by the council. A separate alteration to the overall development has been passed allowing it to be completed in stages.
There was no-one available from either Landvest Houses or Gaming International to comment.
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